Stranger Things Season 4 Release Date Official: "Beginning of the End"

Bridget Mulroy
A model of the alphabet used to communicate through the Upside Down in Stranger Things season 1.(dodo_dyg/iStock)

It’s official! The wait for season 4 of Stranger Things is nearly over. Recently confirmed by Netflix, the streaming platform intends to release the show’s next season in two parts. Volume I will be available on May 27, 2022, whereas Volume II will be available a few weeks later on July 1, 2022.

With two installments, Season 4 of Stranger Things is expected to be longer than any other season of the show. That could only imply the next phase of the show will be more adventurous, more exciting, more suspenseful, and more of a reason to wait on the rest of the story to come.

In a letter to fans from the creators of the show, the Duffer brothers describe season 4 as the “beginning of the end.” They go on to disclose how “season 4 will be the penultimate season; season 5 will be the last.” The full letter can be read here, they explain season 4 as being the most challenging but rewarding season of the show’s seven-year journey.

Season 4 is expected to pick up not too far from where viewers left off by throwing the excited spectators right back into it. Six months after sealing the Upside Down at Starcourt Mall, fans are reconnected along the different paths of the characters from the previous seasons.

Knowing that the show will soon be coming to an end may seem discouraging, but not all hope is lost for the millions of people who have been waiting on the upcoming season. The Duffer brother’s letter closes by saying, “There are still many more exciting stories to tell within the world of Stranger Things; new mysteries, new adventures, new unexpected heroes,” there is still lots to look forward to. They continue, “first we hope you stay with us as we finish this tale of a powerful girl named Eleven and her brave friends, of a broken police chief and a ferocious mom, of a small town called Hawkins, and an alternate dimension known only as the Upside Down. As always, we are grateful for your patience and support.”

So now addressing the elephant in the room, what does this mean for Netflix and the decision to change the prices and limitations of membership fees? In a recent announcement, the streaming platform decided to put an end to password-sharing by booting the people who don’t pay to use the service. Could that be one of the reasons behind prolonging the highly anticipated next season; to hold subscribers for a little while longer? In the typical Netflix fashion of canceling shows, that may be a viable possibility. 

If you have already terminated your subscription to the streaming service, you’ll no longer have access to the next season (unless you can plan a way to invade someone’s house for the entire time it takes to binge the upcoming episodes.) Either way, the wait is almost over, and the burn of the hype won’t be felt until May 27, 2022!

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